SOUTH OF THE HIGH ISLAND RESERVOIR
This relatively easy hike explores the southern side of the High Island Reservoir within Sai Kung East Country Park and rewards the explorer
with great ocean views and a fabulous lunch.
Starting from the country park entrance at Pak Tam Chung, we make a brief stop at the Sheung Yiu Folk Museum – a typical late 19th century
Hakka family farm compound – to allow us a glimpse of life in Hong Kong’s New Territories just a few generations ago.
Shortly after the museum, we join a well-maintained, partially shaded, dirt path which follows the northern banks of Inner of Port Shelter’s
northern banks and offers great views over the many islands off Sai Kung.
Next; there is a stretch of flat asphalt as we cross the western dam of the High Island Reservoir and descend towards the original coffer-dam
of this impressive man-made structure – a ground-breaking effort to create a drinking water source in the sea.
We leave the paved road for a scenic, fun - and surprisingly underused - dirt trail. Crossing a good number of small streams, our mildly
undulating bush path follows the lower contours of the Tai She Shan Peninsula past the boat impound zone of the Hong Kong Marine Police at
Sham Tuk Wan and the bizarre abandoned safari animals of old holiday camp at Big Snake Bay. Along the way, we are treated to spectacular
panoramas of Kau Sai Chau island and its wonderful golf courses as well as of the other islands of Rocky Harbour.
Leaving the pier at the camp involves a short shaded climb – and the scrutiny of feral cattle – before we descend towards our destination:
The wonderful bay at Shek Tsai Wan.
On our way to the seafood restaurant at Sha Kiu Tau, we pause just long enough to check out the old four-room school and the impressive
renovated Tin Hau temple.
While not a tough walk, there are one or two points where the rockiness of the path takes some negotiating, but it all just adds to the quest
for what most knowledgeable wanderers consider to be among the finest salt & pepper squid (椒鹽魷魚) in Hong Kong.
After lunch, we finish the outing in a truly relaxing way by a delightful cruise through the islands to Sai Kung town....
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Hansen's Hikes & Rides has decided to SUSPEND all operations until further notice.
Apologizing for any inconvenience caused,
we hope to partially resume our outings towards the end of the year.